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Bruce Springsteen – Born In The Studio (1975)


The 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s found bootleggers putting out quite a few collections of Bruce Springsteen’s demos and alternate takes.

One such collection is Born in the Studio, a CD that spans 1973-75 and focuses on rare, unreleased versions of songs that ended up on The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle and Born to Run. How did “Born to Run,” “Thunder Road,” and other classics sound before they were given a lot of production gloss, finalized, and released commercially? This bootleg gives listeners a chance to find out.

The sound quality is good to excellent by 1970s standards, and the vitality of Springsteen’s singing is impossible to miss — however, no one should purchase Born in the Studio expecting the amount of big, glossy, shiny production that characterized Springsteen’s official Columbia releases of the 1970s. Remember: The material had yet to be finalized. Highlights of this CD range from an acoustic version of “Thunder Road” and alternates of “Kitty’s Back” and “She’s the One” to no less than four takes of “Born to Run.”

It’s also quite interesting to hear the E Street Band do their thing on instrumental tracks for “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)” and “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” — minus Springsteen’s vocals, these gems have a somewhat Booker T and the MGs-like appeal. Born in the Studio isn’t recommended to casual listeners, but for hardcore Springsteen lovers, it’s a fascinating listen and is well worth hunting for.

November 21, 2010 Posted by | Bruce Springsteen Born In The Studio | | Leave a comment